ALBANY, N.Y. – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared superstorm Sandy in some ways worse than 2005′s hurricane Katrina as he said his state would need $42 billion to recover.
The figure includes more than $32 billion for damage and restoration and an additional $9 billion to head off damage in future storms.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has put the preliminary damage estimate in his state at more than $29 billion.
He announced Monday that he couldn’t abandon the state during its recovery and would seek re-election next year.
All told along the East Coast, most recent estimates indicate damage totalling more than $62 billion from Sandy in late October. More than 100 people died.
Katrina killed more than 1,800 people and caused some $108 billion in damage along the Gulf Coast.